These are exciting times for the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
Today we have a thrilling new post by David Klinghoffer, whose creationist oeuvre we last described here, and upon whom the Discoveroids have bestowed the exalted title of “senior fellow” — i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist. His name has some of the resonance of Red Skelton’s Clem Kadiddlehopper, but it’s not a perfect match.
Klinghoffer’s (or Kadiddlehopper’s) latest is Would Darwin, If He Rejoined Us, Be a Darwin-Doubter? First he discusses the Discoveroids’ adoption of Alfred Wallace. We’ve written about that bit of grave-robbery several times, most recently here: “Alfred Wallace Is Ours!”. Then he says, with bold font added by us and Klinghoffer’s links omitted:
Far dicier, but more delicious, is the question of how Charles Darwin himself, if he rejoined the world, would respond to critiques of and alternatives to his theory. The question is irresistible and, to venture an informed speculative guess, calls as much for the mind of a novelist as that of a biologist. In a little book called I, Charles Darwin: Being the Journal of His Visitation to Earth in the Year 2009, history writer and novelist Nickell John Romjue gives it a whirl.
We should remind you that aside from dragging poor ol’ Wallace into their Seattle sinkhole, the Discoveroids have previously claimed other corpses as belonging to their movement. See: Thomas Jefferson Joins The Discovery Institute!, and they’ve also grabbed Rousseau (Discovery Institute Snatches Another Corpse). This behavior of associating themselves with dead but illustrious names is the flip side of their ongoing campaign to link the name of Charles Darwin to that of Marx, Stalin, and Hitler.
But now they’re attempting their cheekiest grave-robbery ever. They’re after Darwin himself. Klinghoffer continues, as he describes the strange book he’s touting:
Romjue does a fine job of imagining the order of subjects in which Darwin might get caught up on contemporary science and social thought. Probably he would first turn his attention to aspects of zoology, embryology and paleontology, fields that existed in his time; then to the development of evolution-fed materialist philosophies from Marxism to Freudian to Nazism; and finally to fields that the historical Darwin never dreamed of, notably genetics, the microbiology of the cell, and cosmic fine-tuning.
Yeah — “evolution-fed materialist philosophies from Marxism to Freudian to Nazism.” Klinghoffer’s the greatest! Let’s read on:
He mourns the evolution of his own idea in the hands of Stalin, Lenin, Mao and, most horrific of all, Hitler.
If it weren’t for Hitler, what would the Discoveroids write about? Hey — No Hitler, no Discovery Institute! We continue:
In an exercise like this, there is always the peril of descending to hokum. Romjue avoids the danger.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more:
Self-anointed Darwin defenders won’t buy the takeaway lesson — that Darwin, given the fullness of the evidence of science that he never knew, would come to reject his own theory. You’ll have to read Romjue for yourself and decide.
There’s more to Klinghoffer’s essay, but we’ve given you the general idea. He actually thinks their movement would persuade Darwin to join them. What does your Curmudgeon think? We don’t need to tell you.
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